Saturday and Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Cecile Derel was born in France to French and American parents. She grew up in Chicago, IL
where she currently lives and maintains her studio practice. Cecile’s love affair with glass started
with a stained glass class in 1999 and has grown over the years to include other glass mediums.
In 2013, she began glass engraving using the drill technique and in 2017 took her first wheel
Inspired by the beauty and amazing variety of creatures found in nature, Cecile’s artwork is
largely focused on animals, sea life and plants. She uses the fragility, colors and luminescent
qualities of glass to capture and reflect upon the delicate nature of the world around us. This
inspiration has resulted in work ranging from a 3-dimensional stained glass sculpture of a sea
snail called a pteropod to crystal paperweights engraved with images of microscopic aquatic
crustaceans. Her interests in Celtic knotwork and the artistic movements and designs of the Art
Nouveau and Art Deco periods also influence and shape her work. In a direct extension of her
glass engravings, Cecile also uses her engraved glass plates for printmaking in a process called
Cecile received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012,
and has exhibited locally and nationally. She is a member of the Glass Art Society, the Stained
Glass Association of America, the Guild of Glass Engravers, and the Chicago Art Deco Society.